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Dental Tribune United Kingdom Edition

26 DCPs United Kingdom Edition March 11-17, 2013 Call 01903 858910 or visit Admor, all your practice needs delivered to your door Signage Stationery Furniture Admin Supplies Marketing In-Surgery Beautifully functional Introducing our stunning new range of in-surgery furniture - combining style with practicality. Available in a wide range of colours and configurations, these brand new built-to-last cabinets are designed especially for dentists. With touch sensor taps, metal cabinets, integrated basins and easy to clean corian work surfaces, they are the perfect solution for the modern dental surgery. Installation is quick and simple and can be easily completed in a few hours. To see these cabinets for yourself and to learn more about other products in our all-new in-surgery range, please visit us at Stand C05 at this year’s BDTA Dental Showcase. Alternatively, call us on 01903 858910 to request a brochure, or visit our website at Storage designed specifically for dentists A ll dental care providers are required to place pa- tient’s needs at the centre of dental care provision. This article looks at ways to develop robust patient focused proce- dures to enable them to work as a team. Integrated care path- ways can be used to define prac- tical procedures for the delivery of NHS care, which enables NHS practices to create personal care plans for each patient, within the parameters of a standard- ised patient journey. Integrated Pathways have developed in line with the re- quired outcomes that have been stipulated in numerous dental regulations since ‘Options for Change’. It is a tool for ensur- ing continuous improvement, whilst embedding patients’ wellbeing at the core of practice culture. In the past if a practice appeared orderly and caring, it would have been assumed to be providing high quality care. Today’s regulators need to see evidence of patient focused, structured and systematic den- tal care provision. Working to the Pathway’s Standards adds considerable organisational and financial burdens upon Registered Pro- viders and Managers. Time they spend ensuring that Qual- ity Management processes are in place reduces the time they have left to spend on other work tasks. Only when dental professionals working together as a team and share the range of tasks form the patient jour- ney, can care pathways really be integrated. The origin of UK Care Path- ways is the Department of Health’s (DOH) strategic objec- tives for public health, the NHS and social care in England. Their purpose is to improve England’s health and well- being, so as to secure better health, better care, and better value for all. The vision for health and social care is focused around five key priorities: 1A patient-led NHS 2Better health outcomes 3More autonomous and ac- countable systems 4 Improved public health 5Reforms to long-term and social care The objective is to find the best way to develop, support and mobilise the health and social care systems to deliver improvements for patients and the public. Delivery support in- cludes: • Performance monitoring and evaluation • Managerial and professional leadership for external groups • Building capacity and capability • Ensuring value for money The Health and Social Care Act 2008 provides the le- gal framework to develop the Integrated Care Pathways Glenys Bridges looks at patient needs